We are working hard to create and sustain a safe and welcoming environment in which students can live and learn. Here's how we intend to do that in campus housing amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
These plans reflect current public health guidance and are subject to change before and after classes begin. We will continue to proactively communicate any changes that may affect campus residents, including if the institution requires some or all students, faculties, and staff to temporarily vacate residencies, and/or requires students to fully vacate residencies.
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Review the university's isolation and quarantine protocols at lsu.edu/roadmap.
The first option is for the resident who has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who tests positive to quarantine or isolate at home, if feasible. If not, quarantine and isolation accommodations using a mixture of on- and off-campus facilities will be provided.
Residents that exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must:
- Contact a medical provider within one (1) business day and self-quarantine.
- Report symptoms in LSU's daily symptom checker.
- If you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive, report your close contact to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Self-quarantine means not going into the public and/or interacting with other people.
- Inform their community’s Residence Coordinator (RC) that they are going into self-quarantine at home or will need a quarantine space from LSU.
If a resident’s health provider confirms or suspects they have COVID-19, the resident must:
- Inform their community’s Residence Coordinator (RC) that they are going into isolation.
- Inform their community’s RC that they are either in need of accommodations to isolate, or that they are leaving campus to isolate.
- Report the positive case in LSU's daily symptom checker.
- After isolation, the resident's space will be left vacant for seven (7) days, if possible, then receive a spray disinfection treatment.
What happens if I enter isolation or quarantine with Residential Life?
If you report a positive test or are listed as a close contact to a positive case, you will receive a phone call from our Residential Life and Education team.
In that call, you will work through your options and the team member will tell you and email you the next steps based on your individual situation: return home, quarantine on campus in a different space, quarantine on campus in your current room, or enter isolation on or off campus.
Details are emailed to you following your initial call with Res Life advocacy team, including:
Check in and check out processes
- Quarantine moves will not take place between 8 pm – 8 am
- Isolation moves will occur 24/7 as needed.
- We can provide assistance with transportation, if needed.
- While in isolation or quarantine, stay away from others and do not leave the isolation or quarantine room or apartment, except for medical reasons, to take out the trash, exercise in open air spaces, or walking your assistance/service animal.
Tiger Card Deactivation
- If you have to move out of your space, access to that building and room is removed from your Tiger Card. Access is reactivated when you are cleared by the EOC to leave quarantine or isolation and return to your original assignment.
- Students must complete a food order form before midnight in order to receive a meal delivery the next day between 3 pm and 4:30 pm. Each meal delivery contains that day’s dinner and the next day’s breakfast and lunch.
- Students in need of items from their LSU mailbox can request mail delivery from their assigned Residential Life and Education contact.
- Residential Life advocacy team calls students at home once a week.
- Residential Life advocacy team calls students in quarantine every other day.
- Student Health Center team calls students in isolation once per day.
- Students in isolation or quarantine housing should stay in isolation or quarantine housing until it is safe for them to be around others. You will be allowed to return to your original room assignments only when released by an appropriate medical authority and the LSU Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
- Once cleared for return, contact Lauren Adams at email@example.com for check out details and to have your Tiger Card access reinstated. All release documentation from medical providers should go to the LSU EOC, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Routine cleaning is temporarily stopped for spaces that are occupied or were occupied by students moving to quarantine or isolation. Our cleaning team will enter at the end of the quarantine to spray the room with the electrostatic sprayer and conduct routine bathroom cleaning.
- Students in quarantine will be required to test during their quarantine period. Exact instructions are included within your initial email from the EOC.
LSU Residential Life is adhering to all guidelines and practices set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the state of Louisiana and the LSU Emergency Operation Center (EOC) regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19 and is continually modifying operations based on the evolving recommendations. Our communities will receive enhanced cleaning as follows:
- Community bathrooms will receive a full detail clean two times per day, morning and afternoon, and an additional disinfection with an electrostatic sprayer 1-2 times per day, providing up to 4 instances of disinfecting daily Monday-Friday. Bathrooms will be treated with an electrostatic sprayer once per day on Saturday and Sunday.
- Suite bathrooms, ECA and WCA bathrooms will receive a full detail cleaning weekly and an additional disinfection with an electrostatic sprayer one time per week.
- Common spaces will receive a full detail clean in the morning and afternoon, with two additional treatments of disinfection with an electrostatic sprayers, providing four instances of disinfecting daily Monday-Friday. Common spaces will be treated with an electrostatic sprayer once per day on Saturday and Sunday.
- Elevators will be disinfected several times a day as part of the common spaces protocol.
- Computer labs, classrooms, and exterior spaces (tables, benches, chairs, bike racks) will also have enhanced cleaning protocols.
- Hand sanitizer stations are located at every entrance of every building and on every floor next to elevator buttons, so everyone can sanitize their hands going on and off the elevator.
- Hand sanitizer will also be placed in offices, at community desks, and in computer labs.
- Students remain responsible for their individual room’s cleanliness and taking preventative measures.
- We expect all residents to follow directional signage in communities.
- We also expect residents to wear a face covering anytime outside of your room/apartment.
- Anyone entering the community will be asked to wear a mask.
- Review complete Coronavirus Community Standards on page two (2) of the 2020-21 Living on Campus Handbook.
- Potential violations of these policies will be addressed through the Residential Life Student Conduct Process. If found responsible for violating the policies through the process, appropriate outcomes will be assigned to residents. Outcomes may include removal from on-campus living.
- Furniture will be arranged at the optimal physical distancing placement upon move in. Students are encouraged to keep the furniture as is.
- Common area furniture will be removed, rearranged, or marked as not usable to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
- No more the three (3) people are allowed in an elevator at one time.
- Residents will practice physical distancing and not exceed posted occupancy of community spaces.
- We're evaluating all residential programming to limit group sizes while encouraging involvement and building strong communities.
- We're cooperating with partners across campus to promote social distancing and current health protocols.
Guests are defined as any individual who is not a contracted resident of the building in question. Socialization is an important part of the college experience, especially for first-year students. We hope residents will get to know their neighbors inside their building during phases one and two, and then get to know more people in other buildings as campus enters later phases of reopening.
Residents will be notified as we move into new phases of the guest policy. Guest phases do not directly align with the state's progression into new phases.
Guests are permitted in accordance with the following:
Campus Phases 1 & 2: No guests/visitation within Residential Life communities
Campus Phase 3: Limited guests/visitation within Residential Life communities
- One guest per resident.
- Guests must always be escorted by host resident within the community.
- Guests are limited to current Residential Life residents.
- Visitation hours are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- No overnight guests.
Campus Phase 4: Limited guests/visitation within Residential Life communities
- One guest per resident.
- Guests must always be escorted by host resident within the community.
- Guests who are not current residents must check-in and check-out via the community front desk.
- Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
- No overnight guests.
Normal: Return to standard Residential Life guest and guest visitation policy
See pages 14-15 of the Living on Campus Handbook.
Prevention (Download Preventative Actions Flyer)
Members of the LSU community can reduce their risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus by following these measures:
- Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing/sneezing. Dispose of tissue in the trash after use.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer, at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are unavailable
- Limit close contact with individuals
- Do not share food and drinks with others
- Disinfect common, shared household objects often
- July 23, 2020 - Residential Life will not check out kitchen-related items, such as pots and pans, from the front desk until further notice.
The first-year live-on expectation remains university policy. Students are welcome to submit an exemption request if they feel other housing arrangements are better for their well-being during this time. Email email@example.com for exemption details.
To consider your options, we are extending cancellation fee waivers through July 31, 2020. If you decide to cancel your on-campus housing contract, complete this form.
The housing contract remains an academic-year contract with cancellation fees starting August 1.
Checking out before the end of the semester will not result in a housing credit. Rent rates will remain as published. We continue to work hard to keep rent rates steady and act as good stewards of resources amid the rising costs of operating during the ongoing pandemic.
To consider your options, we are extending cancellation fee waivers through July 31, 2020. If you decide to cancel your on-campus housing contract, complete the form at lsu.edu/cancelhousing.
Residence halls will remain open through the last day of finals and close for winter break as usual. When classes move online after the Thanksgiving break, November 25-27, 2020, students living in the residence halls have the following options:
- Return home for the Thanksgiving break and remain home until the spring semester.
You should prepare your room for winter break closing, turn in your key or sign out
at the front desk, and take everything you could need over the winter break. You will
not have access to your building until the communities reopen in January.
- Remain on campus for the Thanksgiving break and through the end of finals. You will prepare your room for winter break closing, turn in your key or sign out at the front desk, and take everything you could need over the winter break by the end of finals week, December 12, 2020. You will not have access to your building until the communities reopen in January. LSU Dining options may be reduced after Thanksgiving.
Apartments remain open through Thanksgiving break and winter break as normal. Like the university, we hope to reduce the chances of an outbreak of the virus that could be caused by exposure through travel and encourage you to limit travel.
We can't predict what the semesters will be like, but we will continue to monitor public health, state, and university guidance. We will continue to proactively communicate any changes that may affect campus residents.
Per the housing contract, the institution can require some or all students, faculties, and staff to temporarily vacate residencies, and/or require students to fully vacate residencies.
Students will need one or both types of housing if COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed.
• Quarantine housing is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay in quarantine housing, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their personal health care provider, Student Health Center, or Emergency Operations Center.
• Isolation housing is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay in isolation housing until it’s safe for them to be around others per their personal health care provider, Student Health Center, or Emergency Operations Center.
To keep the LSU community as safe and healthy as possible, we continue to urge everyone on campus to get tested for COVID-19. If you got tested for COVID-19 because you felt sick, were experiencing sick symptoms, or were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should immediately quarantine until you receive test results.
No, there is not one specific community used exclusively for quarantine. Quarantine and isolation spaces are located both on-and off-campus. In some cases, students move out of their original room into a different space to quarantine or isolate. In other cases, students are able to quarantine in their original space. Lots of factors go in to making that determination.
We recently relocated 42 residents from one floor of a building in case we needed additional quarantine space while the availability of off-campus isolation/quarantine spaces was depleted due to Hurricane Laura evacuees.
The president’s office approved any student living in a suite-style room or apartment community where all students in the unit have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person will quarantine in their space, rather than relocating to a different campus space, as needed. Quarantined students who remain in the suite-style room or apartment communities have explicit restrictions on movement within the community and interactions with roommates or suitemates[BM1] .
Quarantining in place is not allowed in residence halls with community-style bathrooms.
Positive COVID-19 cases will still be removed from the community immediately.